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Review: ‘The Master’ Proves A Brave, Sensual Yet Detached Triumph For Paul Thomas Anderson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 17, 2012 7:32 AM
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Even amongst its most wrenching scenes of unfettered anger and broken loyalty, a volatile sensuality nonetheless invades every frame of Paul Thomas Anderson’s arresting “The Master.” Populated by characters certain in their sexual and loving instincts yet stubborn in claiming responsibility for them, the film holds an unseen, persuasive force just off-screen to keep each on edge, never fully comfortable in their own skin. However, while the film’s narrative may point to faith as a cause and cure, the end result focuses instead on the reverberating pain in one’s past, and the oblique, often-maddening ways it manifests in the present through incredible performances and direction.

Watch: Love, Pleasure & Pain In New Clip From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 10:28 PM
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"It's not the L. Ron Hubbard story," Philip Seymour Hoffman told Entertainment Weekly in last week's issue. "[Scientology] was one of the bigger movements at the time, but there were a lot of movements at that time. There's nothing about how I'm behaving or talking that echoes [Hubbard]." And while the bigger thematic arc of the film is beginning to show its colors, it seems pretty clear to us that Joaquin Phoenix is being audited in this new clip from the film.

Full Soundtrack Details For 'The Master' Featuring Jonny Greenwood's Score & Songs By Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 2:01 PM
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Yes, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is on the way, and where once secrecy and mystery reigned, now it seems we can't get enough info about the movie, what with the release of new posters, images and a confirmation this morning that it will be in the TIFF. And now, full details on Jonny Greenwood's score and the rest of the soundtrack to the film have dropped.

'The Master,' 'On The Road,' Brian De Palma's 'Passion' & More Join The 2012 TIFF Line-Up

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 14, 2012 11:18 AM
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We were promised additional films, and they have arrived. The Toronto International Film Festival has added more films to its Special Presentations and Gala sections, and the highlights include the worst kept secret in the world, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," Walter Salles' "On The Road," Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," and three rather strong films that are making their premiere in Venice first, including Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, "Bad 25," Brian DePalma's heavily anticipated "Passion" starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, and Harmony Korine's "Springbreakers," starring James Franco and many young up-and-coming starlets.

15 New Photos From 'The Master,' Philip Seymour Hoffman Still Insists It's Not About Scientology

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 11, 2012 3:16 PM
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Another new deluge of photos from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" has arrived. Directed by Anderson and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, the picture is one of the most anticipated films left in the year. Said to be a riff on L. Ron Hubbard and the nascent beginnings of Scientology, the early screenplay, trailer and several materials from the film don't do much to counter this idea. But the creative team still insist they're weaving a different tale.

Kaleidoscopic New Poster For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Will Leave You Feeling Blue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2012 6:08 PM
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It has been an interesting few days for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." After making a surprise premiere a couple days ago in Santa Monica that was met with (overly cultish?) effusive praise, and concerns about whether or not the movie shot on 70mm film would be presented in the director's preferred format, it seems the movie is all anyone can talk about at the moment. So how about a new poster then?
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Paul Thomas Anderson Secretly Premieres 'The Master' In Santa Monica; First Reactions Are Largely Wildly Positive

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 4, 2012 8:39 AM
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You have to hand it to Paul Thomas Anderson. Five years ago, the director unveiled his last film, "There Will Be Blood," as a surprise at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, skipping the established festival circuit entirely for a film that turned out to be the best received of 2007. It seemed, briefly, that his follow-up, "The Master," might have a more conventional release strategy for an awards-type film, with news leaking out that the film was set to premiere at Venice before going on to TIFF, perhaps suggesting a more conventional type of marketing push from distributors The Weinstein Company.

Is Paul Thomas Anderson Having Difficulties Getting 'The Master' Exhibited In 70mm Format?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 6:39 PM
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Much to everyone's surprise, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is almost upon us. One of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, many months of silence went by until a few brief teaser clips were revealed to whet appetites. And out of nowhere, a spectacular full trailer for the film arrived, swiftly followed by reports that "The Master" would play at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals this fall. And suddenly, a big bump up in release dates occurred that meant the film was only six weeks away, set to start rolling out in limited release in the middle of September, soon after the end of TIFF.

Hopelessly Inquisitive: 18 New Images From 'The Master' With Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 8:16 AM
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After tracking the project over the last couple of years, and trying to keep up with its progress despite Paul Thomas Anderson's working methods, which usually keep details close to the chest, it's hard to believe that in the next six weeks "The Master" will play Venice and TIFF before hitting a theater near you. Soon, every inquisitive mind will know the secrets of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd, and to help peel back the curtain, 18 new images from the film have arrived.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Will Play The Venice Film Festival & TIFF After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 12:24 PM
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Initially accidentally announced and then quickly retracted from last week's unveiling of the Venice Film Festival lineup, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is now officially headed to the Lido, and probably Toronto too. The news comes on the heels of the recent release date switch that saw The Weinstein Company move the picture up a month to Septmeber 14th release date from a previous October bow, making the film one of the first major talking points of the awards season.

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